A former Air Force captain says he’s using lessons learned in the military to win over the heart of the heroine in NBC’s new reality dating show.
Danny Kim, 31, served for six years as a contracting officer in the Air Force.
“The Courtship” follows a group of eligible suitors, including Kim, as they attempt to win over Nicole Remy and her court (which includes her mom, dad, siblings and best friend). Taking cues from the popular show “Bridgerton,” the series takes place in a castle in the English countryside and promises viewers “old fashioned” romance, including carriage rides, fencing and fancy balls.
Kim said he welcomed that opportunity to find love on a different kind of reality show. “I finally worked on myself to trust in love and romance again,” he said. “‘The Courtship’ gave me the opportunity to go back to my roots of old school and traditional dating.”
He thinks his time at the Air Force Academy and serving on active duty helped prepare him for this unique dating show’s formal setting and etiquette expectations.
“I learned about dining and military balls at the Air Force Academy,” he said. “The military taught me how the uniform represents the force and not just myself. I knew how to present myself as an officer and a gentleman because I used to wear the uniform.”
Kim said his favorite duty station was Osan Air Base in South Korea. While he was born in New Jersey, Kim now considers Seoul, South Korea home.
Since being honorably discharged from the Air Force, Kim spends his time as a motivational speaker and confidence coach. He hopes to break into the entertainment industry in Asia.
“The Courtship” premiered on March 6, and Kim managed to survive the first round of eliminations. Whether or not he’ll find true love remains to be seen.